The Dodgers and Giants will play game 2 of their series tonight at Chavez Ravine. Los Angeles will go with Darien Nunez as the left-handed opener to face off against San Francisco’s Alex Wood. The hope is that they can scratch out a win after a rough loss on Monday night.
Unfortunately, they still won’t be at full strength lineup wise as outfielder Mookie Betts was held out of the starting lineup for the third day in a row. He was a late scratch prior to last night’s loss. The hip issue that forced him out of the game on Saturday and Sunday once again forced him to sit.
Dave Roberts had said on Monday after the game that he fully expected Betts back in there, and with a late pinch hitting appearance with LA down 5 last night, it seemed like that would be likely. However, come Tuesday afternoon, things just plainly didn’t improve.
Roberts said Mookie Betts is "frustrated." He called it a "hip pointer" and said it's inflamed. He will be available to pinch-hit. "He wants to be in there, but when you can't go out there and be yourself, we don't want to cause more harm." #Dodgers
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) July 20, 2021
Zach McKinstry gets the start in right field for the injured Betts.
The timing of the aggravation of this “hip pointer” couldn’t have come at a worse time. Mookie went off in Colorado over the weekend by going 7-for-9 with 5 extra-base hits. Betts also drove in a pair of runs and scored 5 of his own. With the first place Giants in town, the Dodgers needed all hands on deck as they battle for their 9th straight division crown.
As for Nunez, 28, he’ll be making his first big league start and his fourth MLB appearance overall. The lefty has allowed 2 earned runs in 4 innings.